Hall of Fame and 3,000 Hit Club Pro-Model Bat Collection - Winfield, Henderson, and Yount (3 bats)

Sold For: $2,115

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1367

Item Year: 1973

Category: Game-Used Bats

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This pro-model bat collection is represented by examples from three of the greatest players of the modern era, each of whom is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the elite 3,000 Hit Club: Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, and Robin Yount. 1) 1973-1979 Dave Winfield Signed Adirondack Block-Letter (full name) Model "DW20" Bat. Graded A8 by MEARS. Although the manufacturing era for this bat spans the years 1971 through 1979, it can be more narrowly dated to the period 1973 through 1979 due to the fact that Winfield made his Major League debut with Padres in 1973 (Winfield, the fourth overall pick in the 1973 draft, joined the Padres immediately after signing with the club; he never played in the minor leagues). Winfield's uniform number, "31," which he wore during his entire eight-year tenure with the Padres, is written on the knob in vintage black marker. The brown-ringed bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball and stitch marks, rack marks, cleat marks, pine tar, and a three-inch crack in the handle. Winfield has signed the bat in blue marker (grading "8") just above the barrel stamping. This bat dates exclusively to Winfield's time with the San Diego Padres and may possibly date to his first season in the Majors. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.1 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use). This is one of only six pre-1980 Dave Winfield bats listed in the MEARS database, with no others graded at this level and none graded higher. 2) 1982 Rickey Henderson Louisville Slugger Signature-Model "S2" Bat. Graded GU8 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays medium-to-heavy use, including ball marks, stitch marks, cleat marks, black shoe polish, pine tar, and an eleven-inch wrap of white tape on the handle. Henderson's uniform number ("35") is written on the knob in black marker. 1982 was a memorable season for Henderson as he set a new single-season record for stolen bases with 130. He finished the season with 10 home runs, 51 RBI, and a .267 average. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 32.1 ounces. Graded GU8 by PSA/DNA. 3) 1977 Robin Yount Signed H&B Signature-Model "K75" Bat. Graded GU7 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays medium-to-heavy use in the form of ball and stitch marks, rack marks, pine tar, and an approximate thirteen-inch "H" crack in the handle that has been repaired. Additionally, there is a light water stain (extending three inches down from the top end of the bat) and a few small "dings" on the barrel. Yount's uniform number ("19") is written in black marker on both the knob and cupped end of the barrel. Yount has signed the bat in black marker (grading "9") on the sweet spot. Although just twenty-two years old in 1977, Yount was already a four-year veteran with the Brewers and finished the year with 4 home runs, 49 RBI, and a .288 average. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 31.1 ounces. Graded GU7 by PSA/DNA. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS (for the Winfield bat), John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA (for the Henderson and Yount bats), and James Spence/JSA. Total: 3 bats. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,115

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